Regional Reports-Midwest

Chequamegon Bay

When you are hunting the northwestern region of Wisconsin this fall, make time for the great smallmouth bass fishing in Chequamegon Bay, near Ashland. Nice numbers of smallmouths ranging from 16 to 18 inches can be found on this beautiful lake thanks to a strict daily bag limit of one fish with a 22-inch minimum. Stephen Schram, Lake Superior fisheries biologist, says, "The special regulation that covers a unique area within Chequamegon Bay has very much improved the size and abundance of smallmouths." Bait-casting using live minnows, leeches and night crawlers is a favorite method, as is flyfishing. A variety of spinnerbaits or any type of bass lure will be successful. When the bite is on the bass aren't picky. An abandoned coal dock at Washburn and the Ashland waterfront are two good places to cast from shore. Walleyes, northern pike and brown trout also swim in these waters. Schram advises anglers to check with the local bait shops for the best and latest bait and fishing information.